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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Congratulations to Shawn Martirosian, Winner of Event #8 $365 No-Limit Hold'em ($13,535)

Shawn Martirosian outlasted a tough final table that included five-time bracelet winner Allen Cunningham and LA regular John Zentner to take down Event #8, taking home $13,535, and  WSOP circuit ring. Congratulations to Martirosian, and stay tuned tomorrow for a full winners report!


Brian Horowitz Eliminated in 2nd Place ($8,360)


After battling for over an hour, Brian Horowitz has finally succumbed to Shawn Martirosian, busting out in 2nd place. Horowitz moved all in with [Kc][9d], but unfortunately for him, Martirosian woke up with the weapons of mass destruction, [Ah][Ac].

Horowitz got a piece of the flop, but he couldn't get more, as the board ran down [Ks][Jh][3c][3s][2c], knocking Horowitz out in 2nd.

Brian Horowitz Doubles Through Shawn Martirosian

Brian Horowitz open shoved his last 400,000 with [Ks][6d], and Shawn Martirosian called with [Ac][Jh]. The flop paired Horowitz, coming [4s][Kh][8d], and he held the lead through the [10c] on the turn and the [2d] on the river.

With that hand, the two players are virtually even, each sitting with around 800,000.

Jeff Massey Eliminated in 3rd Place ($6,020)


Shawn Martirosian raised it up to 75,000 in the small blind, and Jeff Massey defended his big blind. The flop came down [Kc][Qd][Jd], and Martirosian bet out 75,000. Massey immediately moved all in, and Martirosian snap called.

Martirosian: [As][10c]
Massey: [Kd][Jh]

It was a pretty sick cooler for Massey, who's two pair was well behind the flopped straight of Martirosian. Massey was looking for more paint, but the board completed [8c] and [2c] to give Martirosian the pot and get us to heads up.

Jeff Massey Fades The World To Double Through Brian Horowitz


Brian Horowitz raised it up to 60,000, and Jeff Massey moved all in for his final 150,000. Horowitz quickly called.

Horowitz: [Ks][Jd]
Massey: [9d][8c]

Both players hit the flop of [As][9s][2s]. Massey had flopped middle pair, but Horowitz picked up the nut flush draw, making it a coin flip to the turn. The [10d] on the turn gave Horowitz a few more outs, and he was looking for any paint card, or any spade. However, it was the [9c] on the river, giving Massey trip nines and the pot to up his stack to 300,000.

WSOPC Event #8 Update: Three Handed Chip Counts

Three handed play has dragged on for the last 90 minutes or without anyone being all in yet, though Jeff Massey is getting short. Here's how the top three stack up as we are getting ready to move up to 15,000-30,000.

1. Shawn Martirosian- 760,000
2. Brian Horowitz- 625,000
3. Jeff Massey- 150,000

Brian O'Donoghue Eliminated in 4th Place ($4,410)


Brian O'Donoghue shoved all in for his last 150,000 first to act, and Brian Horowitz called for most of his stack in the big blind.

O'Donoghue: [7s][7d]
Horowitz: [5s][5h]

Horowitz shot out to the lead following a flop of [9d][6s][5d], but he would still have to dodge a eight or seven to keep the lead. He was able to do so, as the board completed [4c][ and [Ks] to give Horowitz the hand, knocking out the most experienced player left at the table.

WSOPC Event #8 Four Handed Chip Counts

The final four players are taking another ten minute break, and the blinds are about to jump up to 10,000-20,000. Here's how they are looking right now.

Shawn Martirosian- Chip Leader

1. Shawn Martirosian- 630,000
2. Brian Horowitz- 335000
3. Jeff Massey- 300,000
4. Brian O'Donoghue- 167,000

Breakout Hand of the Day: Jeff Massey Doubles Through Brian O'Donoghue




We just saw the classic suckout, resuckout happen at the final table today, as Jeff Massey just took down a double through Brian O'Donoghue.

Shawn Martirosian started the action by raising to 35,000 first to act. Massey shoved all in for 156,000 just behind him, and it folded to O'Donoghue, who reshoved for more. Martirosian folded, and the cards were tabled.

O'Donoghue: [10s][10h]
Massey: [Qc][Qd]

Massey was in great shape for the double, but that quickly changed when the dealer fanned out a flop of [9s][10d][2c]. Massey shook his head when he saw, but the [Kc] gave him a bit more hope. Massey asked "Jack please," and the dealer rewarded his politeness by putting the [Jd] on the river to give him the roller coaster double up.

By The Numbers Winnin' o' the Green Event #18 $235 HORSE

We have just been given the payout info for today's non ring event. 99 players came to The Bike today to test their mixed game chops, and only the top 10 will walk away with some cash. The first payout will be $1,010, with first place walking away with $8,499. Check out the rest of the payouts below.

1st: $8,499
2nd: $5,185
3rd: $3,745
4th: $2,880
5th: $2,015
6th: $1,730
7th: $1,440
8th: $1,295
9th and 10th: $1,010


Photos From the $235 HORSE Event

We walked over to the other side of the room to see how things were going in Winnin' o' the Green Event #18 $235 HORSE were going, and here's who we saw mixing it up today with some mixed games.

Tiffany Nguyen
Robert Turner

Ryan Rinker
Walter Smiley

John Cernuto
Edward Healy

Sirous Baghchehsarie
Phillip Penn

Chris Arcidiacono Eliminated in 5th Place ($3,290)


Shawn Martirosian raised it up to 26,000, and Chris Arcidiacono moved all in for 50,000. Jeff Massey called that bet, as did Martirosian, and the flop came down [5d][4h][Qd].  Martirosian fired out 50,000, and Massey folded.

Martirosian: [Qc][Js]
Arcidiacono: [2c][2s]

Arcidiacono was looking for a deuce or running cards for a straight, but they never came, as the board completed [10d] and [Qh].

WSOPC Event #8 Five Handed Updated Chip Counts

Here's a look at how the final five players stack up right now, with the blinds about to jump to 6,000-12,000.

Brian Horowitz- Chip Leader


1. Brian Horowitz- 460,000
2. Jeff Massey- 450,000
3. Brian O'Donoghue- 370,000
4. Chris Arcidiacono- 155,000
5. Shawn Martirosian- 140,000

John Zentner Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,495)


Brian O'Donoghue raised it up to 20,000, and Shawn Martirosian reraised to 60,000. John Zentner called off his final four big blinds in the big blind, and it was back to O'Donoghue, who shoved all in after a few moments of thought. This was for all of Martirosian's chips, and he thought it over for about 30 seconds before releasing.

O'Donoghue: [Ad][Ah]
Zentner: [Qs][8h]

Zentner would need a ton of help, and he didn't get much from the [Ks][4d][10s] flop. He would now need runner runner to survive, but the [5h] on the turn ended things. The meaningless river was the [2c], and that needed things for Zentner in 6th place.

More Photos From Event #9 $580 No-Limit Hold'em

We have a few more photos for you of the players who are ring hunting today. Check them out below!

Arkadiy Tsinis
Chris Conrad

Gladys Landegger
Stuart Pfeifer

Michael Souza
Valentin Vornicu

Sean Jazayeri

By the Numbers $580 No-Limit Hold'em

The latest ring event drew 121 players, creating a prize pool of $60,500.  The top 15 players will profit from playing this tournament, with the min cash being good for $1,020. The top two players will each here five figures, with a first play prize of $16,945. Here's a look at the rest of the numbers.

1st: $16,945 and a WSOP Circuit Ring
2nd: $10,470
3rd: $7,560
4th: $5,555
5th: $4,150
6th: $3,155
7th: $2,440
8th: $1,915
9th: $1,530
10th-12th: $1,240
13th-15th: $1,020

Warren Suggs Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,510)


Warren Suggs got his money in good preflop, holding [10c][10h]. Suggs maintained his lead on the flop of [Ac][8h][8c], but the two outer came on the turn, the [7h]. The river was the [6s], and that put an end to Suggs's day.

Allen Cunningham Eliminated in 9th Place ($1,205)


Allen Cunningham had high hopes of adding a Circuit Ring to his poker resume today, but he will have to wait another day, as he is our first casualty today. Shawn Martirosian min raised from early position, and Cunningham made it 35,000 to go. A few seats over, Brian O'Donoghue four bet all in for his last 161,000. Martirosian folded, and Cunningham called to put himself at risk.

Cunningham: [Kd][Ks]
O'Donoghue: [Ah][Ad]

It was the classic preflop cooler for Cunningham, who would need one of the two kings in the deck to survive. The brought paint, but not the king Cunningham needed, as the board ran down [Jd][8d][2h][As][Qs]. Cunningham, who started the day in sixth chip position, is our first player out.

Some Photos From WSOPC Event #9 $580 No-Limit Hold'em

As we expected, a ton of notables and regulars came out today for the bigger buy-in hold'em event. Here is the first round of photos featuring some of these big names!

Mike Leah
Thomas Beckstead

Event #6 Winner Zeke Ramriez
Haiau Han

Robert Cheong
John Holley

Peter Hengsakul


Cards in the Air: $235 HO.R.S.E Non-Ring Event

In a change of pace today, The Bike is starting their non-ring event at 2 PM as opposed to 4 PM, and that is because the game is limit today. Registration for this $235 HORSE event will be open until 4:15. Check out more details below, and good luck to all the players registered!

Event #18 $345 H.O.R.S.E Non-Ring Event

  • Play will get underway at 2 PM local time, and players will start with 12,000 in chips
  • Each level will last 60 minutes, with the games rotating throughout the level
  • Play will continue tonight until there is a winner

John Zentner Triples Up With Ace-High


John Zentner got his short stack in preflop, and he was called by Brian Horowitz.   Both players checked down the side pot with the board running [3c][10c][5s][6h][2c], and Horowitz had the best  of those two hands with [Kh][Qc]. However, Zentner tabled [As][8c], good enough to earn a triple up as we go on break.

WSOPC Event #8 Final Table Photos and Counts

The cards are in the air at today's final table, Event #8 $365 No-Limit Hold'em. Below you will find a list of photos of the players here, along with the counts they bagged up last night. Stay tuned for live elimination updates all day until a winner is decided!

Seat 1: John Zentner- 41,000 (short stack)
Seat 2: Chris Arcidiacono- 78,000

Seat 3: Allen Cunningham- 184,000
Seat 4: Jeff Massey- 330,000 (chip leader)

Seat 5: Brian Horowitz- 237,500
Seat 6: Brian O'Donoghue- 222,000

Seat 8: Shawn Martirosian- 208,500

Seat 9: Warren Suggs- 99,000

Cards in the Air Event #9 $580 No-Limit Hold'em

The second $580 No-Limit Hold'em Event is kicking off now. Valentin Vornicu won the first one on Sunday, and is in the field to try and pick up another ring. We will be posting a round of photos from this event shortly. Good luck to all the players in the field!

Event #9 $580 No Limit Hold’em (2 Day Tournament) Official Ring Event*
  • Play begins at 12:00- PM and each player starts with 12,000 in tournament chips
  • 10-minute breaks after levels 8, 15, and 18 on Day 1, with a 45-minute dinner break after level 12
  • Day 1 will end after level 21
  • Day 2 will resume on Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 1:00-PM
  • There will be 10-minute breaks every 2 levels on Day 2
  • *All “Ring” Events qualify to earn points for the WSOP National Championship
  • No Re-Entry
View Event #9 Structure Here

What's On Tap: Thursday March 13th

Today will be a lighter day compared to yesterday, where two ring were handed out. Today, we just have one ring, but the final table should be entertaining, as five-time bracelet winner Allen Cunningham will be there looking to win his first circuit ring. In addition, there will be a $580 No-Limit Hold'em ring event kicking off at noon, as well as a non-ring H.O.R.S.E event. Check out more details below!

Event #9 $580 No Limit Hold’em (2 Day Tournament) Official Ring Event*
  • Play begins at 12:00- PM and each player starts with 12,000 in tournament chips.
  • 10-minute breaks after levels 8, 15, and 18 on Day 1, with a 45-minute dinner break after level 12. 
  • Day 1 will end after level 21. 
  • Day 2 will resume on Monday, March 10th, 2014 at 1:00-PM.
  • There will be 10-minute breaks every 2 levels on Day 2
  • *All “Ring” Events qualify to earn points for the WSOP National Championship.
  • No Re-Entry
View Event #9 Structure Here


Event #7 $365 No-Limit Hold'em Day 2


  • Play resumes at 1 PM today with the final table 
  • Check here for final table names, including five time bracelet winner Allen Cunningham
  • Play will continue until there is a winner today

Event #18 $345 H.O.R.S.E Non-Ring Event


  • Play will get underway at 2 PM local time, and players will start with 12,000 in chips
  • Each level will last 60 minutes, with the games rotating throughout the level
  • Play will continue tonight until there is a winner

$130 Mega Satellite to Event #10 $1,125 No-Limit Hold'em

  • Two identical satellites running at 3 PM and 8 PM today
  • Players will start with 5,000 in chips, and all levels are 15 minutes
  • Number of seats will be determined by number of entrants.


Congratulations to Ruth Turobiner, Winner of Event #17 $345 Bounty

That's a wrap for the Bounty tournament tonight! The final five players agreed to a deal, with Ruth Turobiner taking home $6,987 for first place. You can see all of the payouts, and the details of the five way chop below! Congratulations to everyone who cash in the tournament!


Event #8 Final Table Seating Draw and Counts

Day 1 of Event #8 is in the books, and we are down to our final nine players! LA regular John Zentner will come in the day as the short stack, and will be looking to get it in early. The story of the day though is Allen Cunningham, who comes into the day 6th in chips. Cunningham is easily the most experienced player at the table, and has plenty of room to maneuver his stack. Check out the rest of the names and stacks below, and come back at 1 PM to catch live elimination updates!



PlaceFirstLast Chip CountTableSeat
1JeffMassey330,00014
2--270,00017
3Brian Horowitz237,50015
4Brian O'Donoghue222,00016
5ShawnMartirosian208,50018
6AllenCunningham184,00013
7WarrenSuggs99,00019
8ChrisArcidiacono78,00012
9John Zentner41,00011